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ISBN13: 9781510711242

Double Cross : The Explosive Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America

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One of the most feared Chicago mobsters Sam Giancana clawed his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy by starting as a hit man for Al Capone. He was known as one of the best vehicle escape artists, a tenacious business man, and a ruthless killer. He partied with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe and did business with agents ranging from the CIA to the Vatican to the shah of Iran. When politician Joe Kennedy gave Giancana the chance...

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Double Cross by Sam Giancana

A very detailed history of the Chicago Mob and it's rise to infamy. A part of our history that most of us don't trully realize actually existed and to what extent. Not for the faint hearted reader but for the curious reader that has a quest to know the behind the scenes facts of our history. I found the book to be very informative, enjoyable, and hard to put down without completion. Read it slowly and absorb all the facts and many names involved.

Definitely worth reading

This book isn't intended to be a biography of Sam Giancana, it isn't intended to be a documentary on the Kennedy assassination or the mob. If one reads the Author's Note at the beginning of the book you can easily get an idea of what this book is about. It was interesting to read some of the review here and quickly realize that TOP reviewer doesn't mean informed. Some reviewers will provide "dis-information" along with their review such as stating that the writer admits not being told anything directly by Sam Giancana. I find it hard to believe that this reviewer actually read the book. I would suggest they try reading it again and this time with their eyes open.From someone who has read more books on the Kennedy assassination than most people could fathom are in print, you won't find much "NEW" information but simply the context in how it is presented is new. I can't imagine what state of mind someone must be in to make the claim that no information or excuse me "evidence" can be found to tie the mob to the assassination of Kennedy. If I read only one book on the subject "Case Closed" which denies everything except that the "lone nut" Oswald was responsible then perhaps this book wouldn't change my mind. Doing just a little research one can find damning EVIDENCE that the CIA and the mob were in bed since the CIA's inception. Quite simply everyone, in a position of power at the time, knew it, especially the Kennedys who were not coincidentally trying to dismantle both at the same time.If you are not too familiar with the whole mob scene then you'll find this book very informative. This book doesn't go into a ton of detail but at least gives you enough information to understand gambling and the role the mob played in making it so widespread. In fact this book covers enough areas to make it clear to the reader just how instrumental the mob was in so many aspects of american life and to a smaller extent can still be seen today. If you aren't too familiar with the Kennedy assassination then information in this book is pretty much all you need to know. The who dunnit is all here in sort of a cliff notes version.I enjoyed the point of view in which this book was written, clearly the memories of Chuck Giancana describing the conflicting love and hatred he had for his brother. I guess the old saying is true, "you write about what you know".

A great book with many interesting outlooks

I suggest that you read this as soon as you can. It is a very quick read that is ultra informative. It dabbles with the Outfit of Chicago, the unions of Chicago and Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Cuba, the Kennedy's, Santo Trifficante, bootlegging, the thrown elections, WWII, drugs, guns, bombs, killings, Al Capone and Joe Espisito. A great look into American crime culture. Better yet, it's written by Sam Giancian's brother. Oh by the way, it's about Sam Giancanna. Enjoy this excellent read@

One of the best Mafia books written. If true, the Best.

One of the few books that I can read over and over. If the informtion in this book is true and credible, this book answers almost all of the outstanding issues regarding: JFK's assassination, Marilyn Monroe's death, Castro/CIA, Phyllis Maguire,Jimmy Hoffa and Why convicted Bosses have so many prison privileges. The only unanswered question is: Who really killed Sam Giancana
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